Dinner and Conversation: Edgar Allen

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By: Emily Bryce Swain There are two things in this world that can send me hurtling back into my emo teenage years: My Chemical Romance and Edgar Allen Poe. Suffice it to say,… Continue reading

From Role-Player to Writer – First Place Winner in the Midwestern Region Blog Contest

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By: Max Keil  “You’re a writer? When’s your novel coming out?” “Never. I don’t write creatively.” “Why not?” “I prefer efficient language. I don’t waste time with flowery descriptions.” Those have been the… Continue reading

Recreating Who I Am – Third Place Winner in the Midwestern Region Blog Contest

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By: Rebecca Graham At 30 years old, I am in the middle of a great recreation of my life.  Eleven years ago, while working my way through obtaining my associate’s degree, I fell… Continue reading

Deck the Halls with Boughs of Books

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By: Tiffany Dimmick – Grad and Writing Program Secretary and Western Alumna   What the Dickens is that in the hallway?!?! That was a question on many people’s minds Monday morning after a… Continue reading

Bonding over English with University President Jack Thomas

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By: Jon Naskrent President Jack Thomas’ meeting with the members of Sigma Tau Delta was advertised as informal, but setting foot in the room suggested otherwise. Every student and faculty member was dressed in… Continue reading

EA Games: The Reality of Getting a Dream Internship

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By: Haley Helgesen It was September of last year that I was suffering a self-imposed crisis. I had suddenly decided that I was in desperate need of an internship for the summer if… Continue reading

Presenting at the EGO Conference

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By Emily Bryce Swain Staring in the mirror, I quickly realized how dorky my former choir concert clothes from high school looked on my twenty-year-old frame. Unearthed from the back of my closet,… Continue reading

Judge Not

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By: Chris Bell “I think you should burn it.” This was my first piece of literary criticism, delivered in the paperback section of Osco Drug by my disapproving grandmother. The aforementioned criticism was precipitated… Continue reading

An English Major Abroad: The Truth in Travel

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By: Molly Cameron “Traveling- it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller” -Ibn Battuta As an English major, when you make the decision to study abroad, the obvious choice is England.… Continue reading

Thesis in 200 Characters or Less

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Ah, the thesis: the greatest of all undertakings a student of English can take. This intensive writing process may involve tears, sleep deprivation, and crippling moments of self-doubt, but those who emerge victorious… Continue reading